I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday today. Assigment: what mom did.
She would get me to walk with her after dinner in the evenings by saying, “Let’s go look in people’s windows.”
She looped the garden hose over one of the maple trees to give us a fountain to run through.
She got me out of bed on Saturdays in my teenagerhood by saying, “The Red Cross was here, and they brought doughnuts.”
She made me tomato soup when I was sick, with pepper and a pat of butter on it.
She gave me books, Harriet the Spy and the Laura Ingalls Wilder series and Strawberry Girl and Stuart Little and Alvin Steadfast on Vernacular Island and Little Women and perhaps the most formative, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
She fried shrimp on my birthday and made apple pie when my brother came home from college.
She didn’t drive, but she was the navigator on trips, before GPS, and she never got us lost.
She reflected the best of me back to myself.
And now for the product placement portion of this post: I’ve been compiling memories of Mom for a few years now, and collected some in my book, Everything That Makes You Mom: A Bouquet of Memories, recently released by Abingdon Press. It has plenty of vignettes about my mother, but the main purpose of the book is to help people collect memories about their own moms. There are helpful questions, and space to write; then it can be given to Mom as a keepsake. Some people have told me they plan to keep it and fill it with their own bouquets of collected memories about a mom who has passed on. If this is something that appeals to you, check it out by clicking the title and hopping over to my book page.
In the space below, would you tell me something about your mom?